Format: 40 overs
SACC began their innings in this 40-over match with a determined batting display, setting a challenging target for Thoiry CC. The top order batsmen showcased their skills and contributed significantly to the team's total. Shivang was the standout performer, smashing a quickfire 79 runs off just 53 balls. His innings was filled with attacking strokes, including 11 fours and 3 sixes, leaving the Thoiry CC bowlers struggling to contain him.
Dilip, despite struggling with footwork, displayed excellent timing and shot selection as he compiled a well-crafted 71 runs off 71 balls, featuring 10 fours. His partnership with Shivang laid a strong foundation for SACC's innings. Gurudev added to the scoreboard's momentum with a brisk knock of 60 runs off 44 deliveries, including 7 fours.
Towards the end of the innings, Anser played a valuable cameo, scoring 35 runs off just 20 balls, featuring 4 fours and 2 sixes. His aggressive approach in the final overs meant that at the end of their allotted 40 overs, SACC concluded their innings on an imposing 313 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.
In pursuit of the target, Thoiry CC began with hopes of mounting a strong challenge, but their batting lineup struggled to cope with the pressure of the chase. Suresh, batting at number 8, showed exceptional resilience and played an outstanding innings. He displayed an array of powerful shots and reached his century in breathtaking fashion, scoring 104 runs off just 51 balls, which included 8 fours and an impressive 9 sixes. His innings provided a glimmer of hope for Thoiry CC.
Unfortunately, the rest of their batters couldn't replicate Suresh's heroics, as they fell at regular intervals to the disciplined SACC bowling attack and all-round fielding. Shaunak, was the star performer with the ball, claiming a magnificent 4-wicket haul. His spell was highlighted by the crucial wicket of Suresh, which proved to be the turning point in the match as Thoiry CC's innings came to an end for 262 runs.
The result – a 51-run victory for Standard Athletic CC who celebrated a second consecutive victory and reclaimed the JH Shield for the third year running!
The final match of the series, now a dead rubber, will be played on Saturday 29 July.